Range Cookers For Sale in Manchester
Okay, so you're refitting your kitchen. You know roughly what the aesthetic will be. You have an idea of the carpentry style, the materials and the finish. Furniture is roughly decided on and you even know the lighting style you want to aim for. That just leaves what you're hoping will be the centerpiece of the room - the cooker. So where do you start? Range cookers come in an array of styles, shapes and sizes, and are available to suit a variety of budgets. Fuel types vary from traditional gas through to modern induction models.
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A great benefit a range cooker can bring you is the ease of use when you are cooking for large numbers. If you have a large family or like entertaining, then you'll really appreciate the extra cooking capacity that a range cooker provides over a conventional oven. Big, complicated meals are made so much easier when you have a range cooker.
Another reason to buy is that this type of cooker can provide exactly the cooking facilities you require. Range cookers come in a lot of different configurations, e.g. burner setup, single large oven or multiple ovens, gas hob or electric hob, gas ovens or electric ovens etc, so you should be able to find exactly what you want. They may also have more specialist items, e.g. fast wok burners, griddle plates for searing, warming ovens, and even a rotisserie oven for roasting meat; so again, you can meet your exact requirements.
The cost of a range cooker varies dramatically from an entry level model by Flavel at around £600, through to a mammoth cooking unit from high end French manufacturer Lacanche weighing in at a hefty £12000. Generally though, £2000 will buy you an excellent range cooker that will be of a high build quality and offer enough cooking features to keep the most demanding home chef satisfied. Rangemaster or Stoves, both UK manufacturers, fall into this category and produce well renowned cookers that are extremely serviceable, well built and look good.
Slightly higher end cooker manufacturers such as Falcon and Britannia span the gap between domestic and commercial, and offer cooking features usually found in restaurant kitchens such as rotisseries and chef top griddles. Build quality steps up a notch too, with thickness of materials and quality of finish being paramount.
At the upper end of the scale reside monolithic cookers from SMEG and CDA. These are generally built using the highest quality materials - heavy gauge steel, cast iron and solid brass - and offer a comprehensive array of useful high end cooking features. Cookers at this level offer the same cooking power as commercial models and indeed can be found in the homes of many famous chefs.
Range cookers typically fall into either the traditional or contemporary categories - some models do however have a timeless appeal and sit in either category comfortably. Traditional cookers offer a homely, farm cottage feel with thick, lustrous enamel, heavy, bevelled oven doors and arched bakers style windows. Solid cast iron pan supports and metal control knobs complete the look. Notable traditionally styled cookers include the Rangemaster Classic, the Stoves Richmond and FisherPaykel models.
Modern styling presents itself with sleek stainless and gloss black finishes, clean utilitarian lines and sharp contrasts. Full glass doors feature heavily, as do ceramic and induction hobs. Popular contemporary cooker models include the Professional Plus by Rangemaster, Belling range and SMEG range cooker collection.
If you're replacing an existing cooker, size will be an essential factor in the choice of replacement. Range cookers usually come in 90cm, 100cm and 110cm nominal widths, with a limited number of models available at both narrower and wider sizes. It is important to remember that the nominal width of a cooker refers to the width of the space into which it will be housed - for example, a 90cm cooker will often measure in at an actual width of 89.5cm.
A wider cooker will not necessarily offer more in the way of cooking capacity however. Manufacturers will sometimes take the chassis of a 90cm cooker, add two slab sides and release it as a 100cm model. The oven capacities and hob area will obviously be the same on both so there will be no functional gain.
As mentioned earlier, range cookers are available in a choice of fuel types. Dual fuel models combine electric ovens with gas burners - all gas cookers pair up gas ovens with a gas hob. All electric models offer electric ovens with either a ceramic hob or, increasingly, a powerful and efficient induction hob. Choice of fuel type depends on a couple of factors - cooking style and availability of mains gas and electric. Gas cooking is the preserve of traditionally skilled cooks who can juggle dishes in the gradient heat zones of a gas oven, whereas induction offers more in the way of convenience and controllability.
Some properties in rural areas often don't incorporate a mains gas supply, therefore necessitating the use of either an all-electric cooker, or a gas cooker converted for use with LPG (bottled) gas. Conversely there are occasions where electrical supply powerful enough for an all-electric or dual fuel cookers aren’t available, thereby making gas cookers a viable option.
Dual Fuel cookers can offer the best of both worlds, with gas hobs and electric ovens. Dual Fuel cookers give instant cooking power on top and even oven cooking and baking. Their versatility makes them a particularly popular choice with cooks, chefs and home cookers a like.
Range cookers offer a variety of features depending on the model, fuel type and brand. Features such as multifunction ovens and telescopic shelves are standard on an increasing number of mid to high-end cookers, as catalytic or pyrolytic cleaning ovens. Timer functions are extremely useful, as are warming drawers for pre-warming plates. Always consider if the features that appeal to you now will prove useful in the future - generally, more features equates to more cost, so there is little point in paying for features that you will likely never use.
The majority of modern cookers are of the highest 'A' rating on the energy efficiency scale. Naturally models with larger ovens will consume more fuel to reach the desired temperature.
Taking the above points into consideration when looking at a new range cooker will ensure you end up with a cooker that you are very happy with and that will serve it's purpose for years to come.
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